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Summary

  1. FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens
  2. Saracens win Premiership title for second time
  3. Farrell, George and Wyles tries give Sarries control
  4. Fly-half Farrell ends with 18-point haul
  5. Joseph try and three Ford penalties for Bath

Live Reporting

By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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That just about concludes our coverage of the 2015 Premiership final at Twickenham.

It was a game that promised plenty and, luckily for us, it delivered in spade loads.

But, twelve months on from that heartbreaking extra-time defeat by Northampton Saints, today was very much Saracens' day. This was Saracens' year.

Thanks for joining us throughout the season - we'll be back for the Rugby World Cup in September!

Recap

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Owen Farrell
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Saracens survived a second-half fightback from Bath to win their second Premiership title.

Last year's losing finalists led 25-3 at half-time after a near-perfect 40 minutes of rugby at Twickenham.

They scored three unanswered tries through Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Chris Wyles, with fly-half Farrell, named man of the match, kicking a further 10 points.

England centre Jonathan Joseph's try and eight points from George Ford gave Bath hope but Saracens held on to deny the Blue, Black and Whites a first top-flight title in 19 years.

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Bath head coach Mike Ford told BT Sport: Congratulations to Saracens, who were definitely the best team on the day. At 25-3 at half-time it was always going to be a big ask.

"We'll just have to lick our wounds and come back stronger."

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Stuart Hooper
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Bath captain Stuart Hooper told BT Sport: "Obviously it's hugely disappointing. But I guess one of the reasons we play sport is if you win you get your moment - and credit to Saracens, they'll be on that podium today with the trophy.

"We realise it's not a wasted year. We worked hard to get to this point, although we didn't really do ourselves justice today."

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FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Josh Bolam: Substance over style, Saracens deserved winners.

Jonathan Collard: Funny how the team that finishes fourth end up as 'champions'. Better team on the day though. #unlucky #bathrugby

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Jeremy Guscott

Former Bath and England centre on BBC Radio 5 live

"I applaud Saracens. They have been efficient and ambitious in the way they have played. They have tailed off a bit in the second half because in their heart of hearts they probably thought they had the game won at 25-3. Well done."

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

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But now the moment belongs to Saracens, as one by one the players take their place up on the podium. Their captain Alistair Hargreaves joins them, heads to the middle and lifts the Premiership trophy above his head.

Fireworks explode, tickertape flies into the sky and the Sarries fans wave their flags in delight.

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Saracens centre Brad Barritt told BT Sport: "It's more the fight within the team and the togetherness. People speak of culture and about what being a team is, but at Saracens you really feel that. We're best friends on and off the pitch and that really galvanises you in tough times."

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Now the Bath players, led by captain Stuart Hooper, who we'll be hearing from in a few moments, trudge up to collect their runners-up medals. A breakthrough season, but one which ultimately ended in disappointment.

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Saracens centre Brad Barritt told BT Sport: "This Saracens team probably won't get the credit for the way we attacked and the way we took the game to Bath in the first half. When we're at our best we can be unstoppable."

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

As the camera pans to England head coach Stuart Lancaster, watching in the crowd, referee Wayne Barnes leads the officials up to the podium to collect their medals.

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth told BBC Radio 5 live: "It feels good. It's ironic that we've won it from fourth after coming top of the league for the last two years.

"We felt our experience would tell and that was the difference in the first half. Bath settled down in the second half and played some good rugby but in the first half we were right on on it."

For the record, Saracens are actually the first side in Premiership history to win the title having finished outside of the top two.

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Saracens fly-half and man of the match Owen Farrell told BT Sport: "We built a good lead in that first half. We had to stay on it in the second half because we knew not everything would go our way, but we stuck in there and got the win."

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

Owen Farrell
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Saracens fly-half and man of the match Owen Farrell told BT Sport: "It's been a good season for us. We've had to work hard to get to where we are today, but that's pulled us together as a group.

"We felt calm coming into this game and we were able to draw on previous experiences."

FT: Bath 16-28 Saracens

As the clock ticks red, Neil de Kock knocks the ball out of play to prompt Wayne Barnes to blow the final whistle.

Having survived a Blue, Black and White storm at the start of the second half, Saracens looked pretty comfortable in the closing stages and are deserved winners.

BreakingFull-time

Bath 16-28 Saracens

SARACENS ARE THE 2015 PREMIERSHIP CHAMPIONS!

Bath 16-28 Saracens

Now Bath come forward - but hooker Rob Webber drops it and that is just about that. Handshakes, hugs and pats on backs all around on the Saracens bench, they know the job is done...

Bath 16-28 Saracens

Saracens have the ball inside the Bath half, working their way through the phases. The title is theirs, but can they add some gloss to the scoreline? Charlie Hodgson gives it a go, with a drop-kick attempt, but it drifts wide.

Man of the Match

Bath 16-28 Saracens

There was plenty of talk before the final about the battle of the two England fly-halves and, with Saracens heading for glory, Owen Farrell is named as man of the match to confirm which way that particular tussle has gone.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

Mike Ford
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Mike Ford's side have a line-out on halfway now, but it's stolen by Saracens once more, and Owen Farrell launches the ball out of play on the opposite side of the field.

Still the clock ticks towards a second Premiership title for Sarries.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

We're into the final five minutes. Saracens lead by 12 points. Bath need a miracle.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

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So far, it's been a masterclass from Saracens on how to see a game out. Often allowing Bath the ball, but keeping them at arm's length throughout.

Now a turnover allows Charlie Hodgson to poke a grubber through and turn the Blue, Black and Whites defence. A terrific offload from Chris Ashton keeps it alive too, but Duncan Taylor just about knocks on with the line, and the Premiership title, within touching distance.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

David Barnes

Ex-Bath prop on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset

"The clock is becoming an enemy for Bath."

Bath 16-28 Saracens

That's uncharacteristically sloppy from George Ford who, after Bath win a penalty, fails to find touch with his kick. For Saracens, Charlie Hodgson has come on, with Owen Farrell moving to centre.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

The handling errors continue to mount for the Blue, Black and Whites, as this time Matt Garvey spills an awkward-looking pass.

Saracens win a penalty at the scrum and, since that Owen Farrell kick made it 28-16, they've looked pretty comfortable.

Bath have had 81% possession since the break but still have a fair mountain to climb.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

But now it's Saracens who infringe, in open play, and so George Ford boots the ball out. Bath really need something from this next five minutes or so if they're to keep alive their hopes of winning the Premiership title.

Peter Stringer is withdrawn for Chris Cook, meanwhile, which should bring an end to his Bath career.

Bath 16-28 Saracens

A knock-on over on the left-hand side as Bath attack leads to a scrum, and a couple of resets later referee Wayne Barnes seems to be losing a bit of patience, letting out an exasperated shout of "fellas, fellas, listen..."

At the next attempt, the Sarries pack wins a penalty though, so Owen Farrell kicks to touch.

Penalty (Farrell)

Bath 16-28 Saracens

Owen Farrell kick
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Owen Farrell's kick is as sweet as you like and Saracens will be glad to have just stemmed that increasing flow of Bath points since half-time.

Bath 16-25 Saracens

But how often do you see a team concede a penalty right after converting one of their own? Ollie Devoto is the offender, caught offside as Saracens pile forward, so Owen Farrell will have an opportunity to restore those three points lost less than 60 seconds ago...

Penalty (Ford)

Bath 16-25 Saracens

George Ford's penalty is good, and Bath continue to eat away at that Saracens lead, which has now been trimmed from 22 points to only nine during the third quarter of this Premiership final.

Bath 13-25 Saracens

BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan at Twickenham: "Bath have shown their hand early here. They're going to run it at every given opportunity and with that first try they've now got the bit between their teeth. The majority of supporters here at Twickenham are wearing blue and black and they can sense a comeback. Electric atmosphere.

Away from the rugby, there are 11 chaps here at Twickenham wearing cricket gear. Batting pads, cricket bats, full whites. Top effort."

Bath 13-25 Saracens

It's all become a bit sloppy from a Sarries point of view, as George Kruis infringes in jumping at the line-out, allowing George Ford another pop at goal from a tightish angle...

Bath 13-25 Saracens

Again Bath have the ball back in hand, however, and George Ford's grubber through has put Saracens full-back Alex Goode under just enough pressure to cause him to rush his clearance straight out of play.

Bath 13-25 Saracens

Neil de Kock
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A Saracens replacement to tell you about too, as Neil de Kock comes on for Richard Wigglesworth at scrum-half. The South African is straight into the action too following George Ford's spill, and Sarries win a penalty at the scrum.

Bath 13-25 Saracens

The Blue, Black and Whites secure the ball from the restart and look to run it from deep inside their own half again. And Kyle Eastmond has won a penalty, allowing George Ford to head for touch.

Bath look a completely changed team in this second half, as captain Stuart Hooper is withdrawn for Dominic Day. The forward replacements made by Mike Ford have so far made a real difference.

Try (Joseph, con Ford)

Bath 13-25 Saracens

Jonathan Joseph scores
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And Bath have their first try of the final! Having switched the ball from right to left, centre Jonathan Joseph throws in the kind of sidestep that is fast becoming his trademark, allowing him to go over in the corner. Terrific finish.

Bath owner Bruce Craig punches the air as George Ford lands the conversion.

Game on?

Bath 6-25 Saracens

Kyle Eastmond has a clear sight of the line, but it's a superb try-saving tackle by Petrus Du Plessis on the Bath centre. But still they attack...

Bath 6-25 Saracens

And now Chris Wyles infringes, coming off his feet at a ruck, so Bath have another opportunity to come forward. Into the Saracens 22, they've not been here too often...

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Bath 6-25 Saracens

Leah F F Wright: #bbcrugby a lot of talk about @bathrugby all season but they still haven't won anything have they??

Gareth Vaughan: Have a feeling that we will see a Ford, Kyle Eastmond and Joseph masterclass in the second half and an incredible Bath comeback! #bbcrugby

Bath 6-25 Saracens

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They are, slowly but surely, showing some more encouraging signs too are Mike Ford's side. George Ford's mini-break wins some yards, before Jonathan Joseph sends a grubber out to touch. A rare bit of field position for Bath.